Thanksgiving is an exciting and exhausting
holiday at the habitat.  It's a good thing
that the humans do the cooking.  Turkey
hunting requires all of our concentration and
energy.  
Mommy cooks a lot of
special things for
Thanksgiving.  Most of
the time the weather is
nice on Thanksgiving Day
so mommy cooks the
turkey on the outdoor
grill.  She cooks and
bakes lots of special
things and we want to
share some of her
dessert recipies with
you!
"Pumpkin Dump Cake"
"Raisin Pumpkin Bars"
                   
2   cups sugar                             
1   15 oz can pumpkin
1   cup oil
4   eggs
2   cups all-purpose flour
2   teaspoons baking powder
1   teaspoon baking soda
1   teaspoon cinnamon
1   teaspoon nutmeg
1/2   teaspoon salt
1/8   teaspoon cloves (ground)
1/2   cup raisins
1/3   cup chopped walnuts   

In a large bowl beat sugar, pumpkin, oil and eggs till well blended
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & cloves
Gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well
Stir in raisins and walnuts
Pour into a greased 15 inch X 10 inch X 1 inch baking pan

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted
in center comes out clean

Cool on wire rack.  Frost when cool.  Store in refrigerator

                     Frosting
1/3   cup butter, softened
1   3 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1   tablespoon milk     
1   teaspoon vanilla                       
2   cups powdered sugar

Combine butter, softened cream cheese, milk and vanilla
Beat untill smooth
Stir in powered sugar
"Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake"
                         Crust
1 3/4  cups (about 14 to 16) crushed shortbread cookies
2  tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Combine cookie crumbs & butter in small bowl.  
Press onto bottom & 1 inch up side of ungreased 9-inch springform pan.
Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 6 to 8 minutes    
(do not allow to brown).
Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.

                          Filling
3  8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened         
1 1/4  cups packed brown sugar                 
1  15 oz can pumpkin
2/3  cup evaporated milk                     
2  large eggs
2  tablespoons cornstarch
1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon
1  cup chopped or crushed toffee candies

Beat cream cheese & brown sugar in large bowl until creamy.
Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, cornstarch & cinnamon
Beat well     Pour into crust
Bake at 350 for 60 to 65 minutes or until edge is set but
center still moves slightly.
Remove from oven; top with toffee candy pieces

                          Topping
1  cup sour cream, at room temperature      
2  tablespoons granulated sugar               
1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract
1  caramel ice cream topping

Combine sour cream, granulated sugar & vanilla extract
in small bowl
Mix well      
Spread over warm cheesecake

Bake for 8 minutes
Cool completely in pan on wire rack
Refrigerate for several hours or over night
Drizzle with caramel topping before serving



Colors Of
The Wind
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Miss Pita's
Honey Nut wonders if
that was a turkey
she just heard.  
Maybe we can catch
it and have it for
dinner.
After hearing
"Turkey in the
Straw" Cocoa Puff
wonders if there
could be a turkey
for dinner in these
leaves.
Mia thinks it was a
great idea to have
this Thanksgiving
thing catered by Mom.
When the weather
turns cool, Prince
thinks that indoors
is much better than
outdoors, no matter
what you are looking
at or watching for.
Elsa and Cinderella
are on the lookout
for a big fat turkey
for mommy to cook.
They are not sure
what one looks like,
but they are keeping
their eyes peeled
anyway.
Dolly wishes daddy would
come out and play
instead of watching
football.  On second
thought, maybe she
should go in and watch
football with him rather
then watch these silly
pomegranates grow.
Polly says she doesn't
know which is more fun,
watching football or
watching  pomegranates
grow.  She just knows that
watching the birdies in
the pomegranates sure is
fun.
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1   29 oz can Pumpkin      
1   12 oz can evaporated milk         
3   eggs    
1   cup sugar
1   teaspoon salt
3   teaspoons cinnamon
1   box yellow cake mix
1   cup chopped pecans           
3/4   cup melted margarine

Preheat oven to 350

Mix First six ingredients until well blended
Pour batter into a 9 X 13" greased pan
Sprincle dry cake mix over batter then cover with pecans
Drizzle melted margarine over top

Bake for 50 minutes

Cool and refrigerate

Top with whipped cream before serving
Tiger Lily thinks
that watching birdies
is a great way to
pass the time till
dinner.
Monkey thinks she
should take a little
nap so she will have
plenty of strength to
tackle that big
turkey dinner that
mom is cooking.
Wolfgang thinks that Tiger
Lily's idea of watching
birdies is great, but he is
not sure what to do if he
sees one of those big
turkey birds.
Bella can see daddy
watching football.  He
sure looks like he is
having fun.  Bella thinks
that watching pomegranates
grow makes more sense then
watching football.
at watching pomegranates
grow makes more sense then
watching football.